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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Jan. 26, 2016 — The protein ?-synuclein plays an important role in Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Although a considerable amount is known about the structure of the protein within the ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — It's long been known that excess iron is found in the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease, but the mechanism by which the iron wreaks damage on neurons has not been clear. Research ... read more

Common Dementia Drug Found to Improve Parkinson's Symptoms

Jan. 12, 2016 — A commonly prescribed dementia drug could hold the key to helping prevent debilitating falls for people with Parkinson's, scientists have discovered. Parkinson's affects approximately seven ... read more

Researchers Discover Novel Factor in Parkinson's Disease

Jan. 12, 2016 — A previously unknown cellular defect in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease has been discovered, report researchers who also say that they have identified a sequence of pathological ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Lewy bodies had been considered to be a key element of pathogenesis for Parkinson’s disease. Although structural analysis for Lewy bodies with an electron microscope had been performed, it had no ... read more

Early Weight Loss in Parkinson's Disease Patients May Signify More Serious Form of Disease

Jan. 11, 2016 — Evidence of an association between weight loss in patients with early Parkinson's disease and more rapid disease progression has been found by researchers. While weight loss is common in ... read more

Could a Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Be a Potential Treatment for Parkinson's?

Jan. 11, 2016 — A clinical trial using cholesterol-lowering treatment Simvastatin in people living with Parkinson's is getting underway in centers across England -- with the hope that it could become one of a ... read more

Parkinson's Disease: New Insights Into a Traveling Protein

Jan. 5, 2016 — In Parkinson's disease, the protein 'alpha-synuclein' aggregates within neurons of patients and appears to propagate across interconnected areas of the brain. How this happens remains ... read more

Use of Anticholinergic Drugs Does Not Increase Risk for Dementia in Parkinson's Disease Patients

Jan. 5, 2016 — Recent evidence has shown a greater risk of dementia, in particular Alzheimer's disease (AD), in individuals using anticholinergic medications regularly. These drugs are widely used by older ... read more

Hepatitis C Tied to Increased Risk of Parkinson's

Dec. 23, 2015 — The hepatitis C virus may be associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study. Parkinson's disease is considered the second most common degenerative ... read more

Dec. 18, 2015 — Using a portable device, researchers have identified differences in brain activation patterns associated with postural stability in people with Parkinsonian syndromes and healthy adults. The findings ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — Apigenin, a substance found in parsley, thyme, chamomile and red pepper, improves neuron formation and strengthens the connections between brain cells, new lab research ... read more

New Clues to Halting Nerve Degeneration

Dec. 10, 2015 — A discovery into the mechanisms which lead to degeneration and loss of communication among neuron cells -- the cells controlling function in the brain and nervous system -- could potentially lead to ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — Parkinson's disease researchers have developed a way to ramp up the conversion of skin cells into dopamine neurons. They have identified -- and found a way to overcome -- a key obstacle to such ... read more

Protecting the Brain from Parkinson's Disease

Dec. 2, 2015 — Researchers help the brain make GM1 ganglioside, a protective substance that is diminished in the brains of Parkinson's ... read more

Stem Cell Study Paves the Way for Patient Therapies

Nov. 26, 2015 — Stem cells that have been specifically developed for use as clinical therapies are fit for use in patients, an independent study of their genetic makeup suggests. The research -- which focused on ... read more

Enhanced Detection of Parkinson's

Nov. 25, 2015 — New research by biologists could lead to improved methods of detection for early-onset Parkinson’s Disease. By mapping the visual responses of fruit flies with different Parkinson's genes, the ... read more

First-of-Kind Dopamine Measurements in Human Brain Reveal Insights Into How We Learn

Nov. 23, 2015 — During brain surgery, researchers collected data as the conscious patients played an investment game, demonstrating rapid dopamine release encodes crucial information. The findings have implications ... read more

New Insights in the Search for Treatments for Neurological Diseases

Nov. 19, 2015 — The fine details of a mechanism that provides more insight in the communication between neurons has been revealed by a team of scientists. The research has clarified how damaged synapses -- the ... read more

New Strategy Reduces Side Effects in Parkinson's Treatment

Nov. 18, 2015 — A novel strategy and a drug lead has been discovered for reducing the side effects of uncontrolled movement caused by the drug levodopa, commonly used to treat the stiffness, tremors and poor muscle ... read more

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